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Flying Witch Volume 1 Review

The comforting warmth and peace prevalent in The Flying Witch is exactly what I expect from a slice of life manga. The unbound sincerity coupled with the slow pace is what I imagine what life would be like in a quiet rural town, which, Flying Witch captures perfectly. The experience of reading Flying Witch is almost like laying in a bed of flowers, surrounded by bunnies in an open field on the most beautiful Spring day. Life in the country can get a bit dull, but what better way to have some fun than by throwing in some MAGIC! The story follows Makoto Kowata, a young girl who has “come into age”...


Blame! Master Edition Volume 3 Review

Compared to Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia series, Blame! is on a completely different level. The best way I could describe Blame! would be to call it Knights of Sidonia‘s visceral older brother. If all the death and destruction that was brought about in that series was up your alley, then Blame! volume 3 is going to take that one step further. This volume continued the blood soaked path that our protagonists have experienced up until this point. It isn’t quite on the same level as something like Berserk but it still maintains it’s high level of violence throughout the entire book. Despite the story in volume two, volume three took things in an interesting direction with the concept of time dilation and...


Blame! Master Edition Volume 2 Review

Before we start anything out, we are going to mention some things about the Master Edition of Blame!. This master edition of the series is certainly that: a masterful rendition of the popular manga. It is heavy, the color and feel of the large book is incredible. If you are a collector of special editions of books, then this certainly needs to be added to your collection (unless you aren’t into science fiction violence). Now that we’ve covered that, let’s dive into the actual meat and bones of the manga. I know I shouldn’t have to put this in here but, this review contains spoilers for the first and second volume of the manga. You...


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 Review

Volume 2 of To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts  certainly left the reader with quite the cliffhanger; Cain Madhouse had unleashed a horde of incarnates on the nobles of Northern Patria in the city of Whitechurch, Nancy was shot by Cain at that same gathering, and Hank revealed his true incarnate form after seeing Nancy shot by Cain. It was truly a night to remember in Whitechurch. So I was elated when I was able to finally pick up To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 and see just where this crazy night would take us. Except it didn’t quite do that. To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 picks up a full year after the...


Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade Volume 3 Review

Oh the joys and struggles of The West Wind Brigade! Especially those well-endowed “joys”. If you don’t recall, The West Wind Brigade is a guild from Log Horizon led by Akihabara’s and the Round Table’s very own Soujiro Seta. The fiery and relentless dream boy followed by dozens of girls he would defend to his very last hit point. But I digress. More importantly, there is a puppy squad that searches for booby traps in this volume! The story picks up with Soujiro paralyzed on the ground in the hands Magus, a conniving adventurer who we learn is influencing the horde of player killers. The volume has a great opening...


Devil is a Part-Timer! High School! Volume 4 Review

I’ll start by being blunt; If you’re looking for the same quirky feeling the original series The Devil is a Part-Timer! left you with, then you might want to look elsewhere. Devil is a Part-Timer! High School! Volume 4 is similar to the original series in the characters it shares but differs in some significant ways. But I don’t mean to deter you, it has it’s own merits as well. The High School! spinoff reimagines the world of the devil king as a mundane high-schooler. In a much more condensed storyline, Maou and party are in a heated competition that will determine the school’s fate: the student council election! More...


Umaru-chan Manga to Receive Original Anime Disc

According to the official twitter page for the manga Himouto! Umaru-chan the series will be receiving an original anime DVD included within the 10th compilation volume. This compilation volume will be available (in Japan) in January of 2017 and will run you around 3,400 yen. The tweet also mentions that the original staff and cast will be returning for this original anime DVD. For those who are unfamiliar with Himouto! Umaru-chan, it originally started as a manga back in 2013 and is written by Sankaku Head. As of Friday, the 9th compilation volume will be available with the tenth to arrive in January (but you already knew that). The manga has sparked an anime the...


Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Manga Coming Stateside

According to Viz Media, they will be releasing another addition to the Gundam universe called Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt is a newer manga series that is created by Yasuo Ohtagaki. The series originally debuted in 2012 and is still currently running¹. As of today, the story has received an original net animation as well as a movie that debuted in June of this year. Viz Media describes the first volume as: Into this maelstrom of destruction go two veteran Mobile Suit pilots: the deadly Zeon sniper Daryl Lorenz, and Federation ace Io Fleming. It’s the beginning of a rivalry that can end only when one of them is destroyed. The lightning-streaked debris fields...


Seven Seas Licenses Concrete Revolutio

Now that two seasons of Concrete Revolutio have aired it was merely a matter of time before the manga was brought to North America. Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing Concrete Revolutio: The Complete Saga edition, which is an omnibus all in one edition (that includes two volumes).  It is expected to release on June 27th, 2017 for $19.99 USA / $22.99 CAN. The manga started at the same time as the anime series and is still currently running. The anime has 2 seasons and currently 24 episodes in total. It was directed by Seiji Mizushima (known for work such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Mobile Suite Gundam 00) and animated...


Seven Seas Licenses Otome Mania!! Manga

As the manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment hits its 12 year anniversary, they have announced that they have acquired Otome Mania!! for licensing. What does this mean exactly? Well, it means that the Otome Mania!! series will be available in print for the very first time in North America. It may not be my thing, but if Otome style stories are your thing then get ready to expect the first volume to hit the shelves on June 20th, 2017 (still a ways away). The second volume will follow on September 26th, 2017 for the price of $12.99 USA / $14.99 CAN. Otome Mania!! is written by Yurino Tsukigase and has a total of 13 chapters. The...


Seven Seas Releases orange eBooks

Today, Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that they are going to offer the hit series orange in a new digital edition. This means that all five of the orange volumes will be available for purchase across several platforms. The complete five volume printed set is currently available on BookWalker Global (and through several other outlets). The eBooks themselves, will see a release on Amazon’s Kindle and Comixology on October 19th, will all of the volumes becoming available by November 16th. Seven Seas has also mentioned that they will be available on the NOOK, but have made no mention as to when. orange is written by Ichigo Takano, and was originally released in two omnibus editions. orange originally made...


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 2 Review

After finishing the first volume of To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, I found myself enthralled in the story and anxiously waiting for new volumes to be released. That time has come and I’m happy to say that To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 2 was no less of an enjoyable experience. We rejoin Schaal and Hank a little further in the future from where we left them as they make their way to Whitechurch by train in search of Cain Madhouse. On route, we get to learn a little about Hank’s history that I found pretty interesting. Most importantly, we learn that three people are responsible for the beasts: Hank’s love Ellaine is responsible...


Dimension W Volume 1 Review

Before we start, I’ll provide a TLDR review: Dimension W Volume 1 is good. It introduces an interesting world and cast of characters that left me invested enough to want more. If you like Sci-fi action with a bit of mystery to it, I doubt you’ll find yourself disappointed with this series’ introduction. With that out of the way, let’s get into the details of Dimension W Volume 1 and why I left the volume being a fan of the series. The first volume kicks off with an explanation of  the setting Dimension W takes place in: Inspired by Nikola Tesla’s dream to have a world powered through wireless energy, mankind has discovered a...


Tokyo ESP Volume 5 Review

Things have been looking rather dismal for our characters in this volume of Tokyo ESP. Since the last volume’s huge departure from the main characters we have experienced up until now, we were finally rewarded for our patience. Both old villains and heroes have finally returned and god does it feel good. Having the older characters come back has been a solid thing for the story. To have an entirely new and unique enemy without any ties to the old plot line would seem too tiredly familiar (we already have several plots like Tengen Toppa Gurren Laagan we don’t need more). Having the two integrate has been fantastic. Not to mention, Rinka’s entrance was exactly...


How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Volume 3 Review

The anime of Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend blindsided us back in the spring season of 2015. So it comes as no surprise that the manga would be just as solid. Those who are fans of the anime certainly need to check out the manga series. Currently, this manga is at a point where it is delving into the relationship that Tomoya has with other architects of his game. From a story standpoint, this volume has the meat of everything that we love about the series to begin with. In this volume, we get to relive the hotel scene shared between Tomoya and Utaha where he convinces her to join his team of...